Manga Reviews

Monday, February 06, 2006

Busou Renkin

Busou Renkin
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Topic: Supernatural, Fighting, Shounen

Mutou Kazuki is killed in a fight between a Homunculus (an artificial life form made from the power of alchemy), and a Busou Renkin user (Busou Renking is the research of weapons through alchemy). The user's name is Tsumura Tokiko, and she replaces his heart with a supernatural alloy that's been refined through alchemy. As a result Kazuki is revived and has the power to turn his "heart" into a spear. However if the spear is broken, he too will die.
Kazuki quickly learns that Homunculus are not merely artificial lifeforms, they are creatures that can take on the shape of humans and attempt to eat humans. Only the Busou Renkin users can destroy those Homunculii. Though Tokiko tells Kazuki to leave the fighting to the professionals, he decides that he won't let anyone else get harmed. Grudgingly, Tokiko takes him on as her apprentice, and they begin their fight against these Homunculii.

This manga was written by Watsuki Nobuhiro, of Rurouni Kenshin fame. Unfortunately the magic that Kenshin exuded was not captured in this manga. The art is fantastic and the fighting is excellent. However the characters are very simplistic cookie cutter characters, that could be drawn from a plethora of other mangas. On the one hand you have the more experienced "teacher" and on the other, you have the incredibly talented "student" who somehow has the potential to surpass all others. The plot is also very basic -- Protagonists have to keep fighting ever stronger enemies to protect a world that is unaware these enemies even exist. Unless you adore predictable series and are only looking for pretty fights, I suggest you bypass this one.

Rating: 4.0/10.0


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